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Seong Hee Kang, Keunhee Kang, Jong Eun Yeon, Young Sun Lee, Tae Suk Kim, Yang Jae Yoo, Sang Jun Suh, Eileen L Yoon, Young Kul Jung, Ji Hoon Kim, Yeon Seok Seo, Hyung Joon Yim, Kwan Soo Byun
BACKGROUND & AIM: Although the ideal end point for antiviral treatment in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is loss of HBsAg, the typical clinical end points are HBeAg seroconversion in HBeAg-positive patients and long-term DNA suppression in HBeAg-negative patients. We evaluated the long-term antiviral response after cessation of lamivudine treatment in CHB patients. METHODS: A total of 157 patients who had discontinued lamivudine between 1997 and 2014 were enrolled (97 HBeAg-positive and 60 HBeAg-negative CHB patients)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
Michael Maceroli, Lucas E Nikkel, Bilal Mahmood, John P Ketz, Xing Qiu, Joseph Ciminelli, Susan Messing, John C Elfar
OBJECTIVES: To determine if hospital arthroplasty volume affects patient outcomes after undergoing total hip arthroplasty (THA) for displaced femoral neck fractures. METHODS: The Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System database from the New York State Department of Health was used to group hospitals into quartiles based on overall THA volume from 2000 to 2010. The database was then queried to identify all patients undergoing THA specifically for femoral neck fracture during this time period...
November 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Matthew D Hale, Matthew Nankivell, Gordon G Hutchins, Sally P Stenning, Ruth E Langley, Wolfram Mueller, Nicholas P West, Alexander I Wright, Darren Treanor, Lindsay C Hewitt, William H Allum, David Cunningham, Jeremy D Hayden, Heike I Grabsch
BACKGROUND: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by surgery is the standard of care for UK patients with locally advanced resectable oesophageal carcinoma (OeC). However, not all patients benefit from multimodal treatment and there is a clinical need for biomarkers which can identify chemotherapy responders. This study investigated whether the proportion of tumour cells per tumour area (PoT) measured in the pre-treatment biopsy predicts chemotherapy benefit for OeC patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: PoT was quantified using digitized haematoxylin/eosin stained pre-treatment biopsy slides from 281 OeC patients from the UK MRC OE02 trial (141 treated by surgery alone (S); 140 treated by 5-fluorouracil/cisplatin followed by surgery (CS))...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Alessandro Mantovani, Lucia Mingolla, Riccardo Rigolon, Isabella Pichiri, Valentina Cavalieri, Giacomo Zoppini, Giuseppe Lippi, Enzo Bonora, Giovanni Targher
BACKGROUND: Recent studies suggested that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is associated with an increased prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in type 1 diabetes. We assessed whether NAFLD also predicts the risk of incident CVD events in type 1 diabetic adults. METHODS: We studied a retrospective cohort of 286 type 1 diabetic outpatients (mean age 43±14years; median duration of diabetes 17 [10-30] years) without secondary causes of chronic liver diseases, who were followed for a mean period of 5...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Jiang Yue, James F Griffith, Fan Xiao, Lin Shi, Defeng Wang, Jiayun Shen, Priscilla Wong, Edmund K Li, Martin Li, Tena K Li, Tracy Y Zhu, Vivian W Hung, Ling Qin, Lai-Shan Tam
Objective To compare the bone healing effects of denosumab and alendronate in female rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients by high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT). Methods This is a post-hoc analysis of a randomized-controlled trial (NCT01770106). 40 patients were randomized in a 1:1 ratio to receive either subcutaneous denosumab (60mg) once or oral alendronate (70mg) weekly for 6 months. The size of individual bone erosions and the presence and extent of erosion-associated sclerosis (marginal osteosclerosis) were measured in the second metacarpal head of the non-dominant hand at baseline, 3 and 6 months...
October 21, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
Marion Tegethoff, Esther Stalujanis, Angelo Belardi, Gunther Meinlschmidt
BACKGROUND: The objective was to estimate temporal associations between mental disorders and physical diseases in adolescents with mental-physical comorbidities. METHODS: This article bases upon weighted data (N = 6483) from the National Comorbidity Survey Adolescent Supplement (participant age: 13-18 years), a nationally representative United States cohort. Onset of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition lifetime mental disorders was assessed with the fully structured World Health Organization Composite International Diagnostic Interview, complemented by parent report...
2016: PloS One
Jeeyeon Kim, Miesha Farahmand, Colleen Dunn, Zoe Davies, Eric Frisbee, Carlos Milla, Jeffrey J Wine
Beta-adrenergically-stimulated sweat rates determined by evaporimetry or by sweat bubble imaging are useful for measuring CFTR function because they provide a near-linear readout across almost the full range of CFTR function. They differentiate cystic fibrosis (CF) subjects from CF carriers and carriers from controls. However, evaporimetry, unlike bubble imaging, appears to be unable to detect improved levels of CFTR function in G551D subjects taking the CFTR modulator ivacaftor. Here, we quantify the sensitivity of evaporimetry and bubble imaging methods for assessing low levels of CFTR-dependent sweat rates...
2016: PloS One
Loretta B Szczotka-Flynn, Sara Debanne, Beth Ann Benetz, Tawnya Wilson, Noel Brennan
PURPOSE: This study hypothesized that a traditional high-water contact lens of moderate oxygen transmissibility (Dk/t) is noninferior to common silicone hydrogel (SH) lenses worn for daily wear with respect to measures of hypoxic stress. METHODS: Thirty-six habitual contact lens wearers completed wear of three lens types worn in a randomized order: etafilcon A (ACUVUE 2, control), lotrafilcon B (Air Optix Aqua), and comfilcon A (Biofinity). Central corneal thickness (CT) and limbal hyperemia were measured >2 hr after waking and after 6 to 8 hr of wear on days 1 and 7...
October 20, 2016: Eye & Contact Lens
Xiaohui Huang, Weisong Shen, Hongqing Xi, Kecheng Zhang, Jianxin Cui, Bo Wei, Lin Chen
The prognostic role of Extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN/ CD147) in gastrointestinal cancer remains controversial. We systematically reviewed the evidence of assessment of CD147 expression in gastrointestinal cancer to help clarify this issue. Pubmed, Embase, Cochrane Library and Web of Science databases were searched to identify eligible studies to evaluate the association of CD147 expression and disease-free and overall survival of gastrointestinal cancer. Hazard ratios (HRs) were pooled to estimate the effect...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Yongyue Wei, Paula Tejera, Zhaoxi Wang, Ruyang Zhang, Feng Chen, Li Su, Xihong Lin, Ednan K Bajwa, B Taylor Thompson, David C Christiani
RATIONALE: Platelets are believed to contribute to the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) pathogenesis through inflammatory coagulation pathways. We recently reported that LRRC16A modulates baseline platelet counts to mediate ARDS risk. OBJECTIVES: To examine the role of LRRC16A in ARDS survival and its mediating effect through platelets. METHODS: 414 ARDS cases from intensive care unit (ICU) were recruited which had exome-wide genotyping data, detailed platelet counts and follow-up data during ICU hospitalizaiton...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Nina Roswall, Yingjun Li, Sven Sandin, Peter Ström, Hans-Olov Adami, Elisabete Weiderpass
OBJECTIVE: Most studies on obesity and mortality use a single anthropometric measure. Less is known about the effects of weight change on mortality. This study examined changes in body mass index (ΔBMI) and waist circumference (ΔWC) and subsequent all-cause and cause-specific mortality. METHODS: The study was conducted in the Women's Lifestyle and Health cohort, using self-reported anthropometric measures from 1991 to 1992 and 2003. Hazard ratios of mortality and 95% confidence intervals were calculated using Cox proportional hazards models...
October 21, 2016: Obesity
Stefano Salciccia, Alessandro Gentilucci, Susanna Cattarino, Alessandro Sciarra
On the basis of the trials available, are we ready to consider GnRH antagonists better than agonists? Is there a population of patients who may benefit from antagonists more than agonists?We specifically focused our analysis on the significance of oncological results obtained in phase III trials directly comparing Degarelix with GnRH agonists. Oncological results were evaluated only in 1 trial (CS21) with some subanalysis and they were not the primary endpoints of the study. The follow-up duration was 364 days, and therefore, the number of events (all causes deaths and prostate cancer (PC), Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA), Hazard ratio (HR)-related deaths) was very low in both groups and this aspect strongly reduces the significance of overall survival evaluation...
October 15, 2016: Urologia
Laisel Martinez, Juan C Duque, Luis A Escobar, Marwan Tabbara, Arif Asif, Fadi Fayad, Roberto I Vazquez-Padron, Loay H Salman
PURPOSE: Whether statins improve arteriovenous fistula (AVF) outcomes is still a matter of debate. Taking into consideration the existing physicochemical differences between individual drugs, this study evaluates the impact of three different statins (atorvastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin) on one-stage and two-stage AVF outcomes. METHODS: Using a retrospective cohort of 535 patients, we analyzed the effects of each statin on primary failure and primary patency using multivariate logistic regressions and Cox proportional hazard models...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Vascular Access
Esteban Alejandro Lopez, Orozimbo Alves Costa, Deborah Viviane Ferrari
Purpose: The purpose of this research note is to describe the development and technical validation of the Mobile Based Assistive Listening System (MoBALS), a free-of-charge smartphone-based remote microphone application. Method: MoBALS Version 1.0 was developed for Android (Version 2.1 or higher) and was coded with Java using Eclipse Indigo with the Android Software Development Kit. A Wi-Fi router with background traffic and 2 affordable smartphones were used for debugging and technical validation comprising, among other things, multicasting capability, data packet loss, and battery consumption...
October 1, 2016: American Journal of Audiology
Wei Zhang, M Can Gulersonmez, Thomas Hankemeier, Rawi Ramautar
In metabolomics, a wide range of analytical techniques is used for the global profiling of (endogenous) metabolites in complex samples. In this paper, a protocol is presented for the analysis of anionic and cationic metabolites in biological samples by capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry (CE-MS). CE is well-suited for the analysis of highly polar and charged metabolites as compounds are separated on the basis of their charge-to-size ratio. A recently developed sheathless interfacing design, i.e., a porous tip interface, is used for coupling CE to electrospray ionization (ESI) MS...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Carolina Rodriguez-Tirado, Takanori Kitamura, Yu Kato, Jeffery W Pollard, John S Condeelis, David Entenberg
Metastasis to secondary sites such as the lung, liver and bone is a traumatic event with a mortality rate of approximately 90% (1). Of these sites, the lung is the most difficult to assess using intravital optical imaging due to its enclosed position within the body, delicate nature and vital role in sustaining proper physiology. While clinical modalities (positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT)) are capable of providing noninvasive images of this tissue, they lack the resolution necessary to visualize the earliest seeding events, with a single pixel consisting of nearly a thousand cells...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Elizabeth M Dlugosz, Scott C Lenaghan, C Neal Stewart
Over the last decade there has been a resurgence in the use of plant protoplasts that range from model species to crop species, for analysis of signal transduction pathways, transcriptional regulatory networks, gene expression, genome-editing, and gene-silencing. Furthermore, significant progress has been made in the regeneration of plants from protoplasts, which has generated even more interest in the use of these systems for plant genomics. In this work, a protocol has been developed for automation of protoplast isolation and transformation from a 'Bright Yellow' 2 (BY-2) tobacco suspension culture using a robotic platform...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Frank J Wolters, Daniel Bos, Meike W Vernooij, Oscar H Franco, Albert Hofman, Peter J Koudstaal, Aad van der Lugt, M Arfan Ikram
The association of aortic valve calcification (AVC) with dementia remains unknown. In 2,428 non-demented participants from the population-based Rotterdam Study, we investigated the association of CT-assessed AVC with risk of dementia and cognitive decline. AVC was present in 33.1% of the population. During a median follow-up of 9.3 years, 160 participants developed dementia. We found no association between presence of AVC and risk of all-cause dementia [hazard ratio (HR): 0.89 (95% confidence interval (CI):0...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Jong Hwan Jung, Yoon Jung Chae, Dong Hwan Lee, Young I Cho, Mi Mi Ko, Sung Kwang Park, Won Kim
Whole blood viscosity (WBV) plays a role in hemorheology and is determined by many factors such as red blood cell factors, plasma protein and blood volume. As WBV changes during hemodialysis, mortality may be due to changes in WBV in patients on hemodialysis. However, there are few prospective data on the relationship between changes in WBV and overall mortality in dialysis patients. We tried to investigate the correlations between values of WBV at variable shear rates before and after hemodialysis and overall or atherosclerosis-related mortality in patients with end-stage kidney disease...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Amy J Wint, Diane L Smith, Lisa I Iezzoni
OBJECTIVE: This study describes how women with physical disability experience caregiving for a new infant and how they adapt their home environment and care tasks. METHOD: In 2013, we conducted 2-hr telephone interviews with 22 women with significant physical disability who had delivered babies within the previous 10 yr. The semistructured, open-ended interview protocol addressed wide-ranging pregnancy-related topics. NVivo was used to sort the texts for content analysis...
November 2016: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
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